News Briefs: Week of May 4

News from around Peoria this week includes ways you can support small businesses around the City and how the City is  once again collaborating with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to kick off the Heat Relief Regional Network. (File Photo) 

Celebrate small businesses in Peoria

National Small Business wraps up on Friday, May 5. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. With more than 4,400 businesses in Peoria, residents can show their support by shopping and eating local. In addition, the SBA is offering a free virtual summit for business owners.



Peoria launches Heat Relief Regional Network

The city of Peoria is once again collaborating with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to kick off the Heat Relief Regional Network. Heat Relief Regional Network is a regional partnership that creates awareness of the dangers from extreme heat, coordinates resources, and provides maps of the heat relief resources for those in need during the summer months. Peoria cooling center and hydration stations will be located throughout city facilities and will be open Monday through Saturday from through Saturday, Sept. 30. For those that would like to contribute to the heat relief effort, bottled water can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Development and Community Services Building (DCSB), located at 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria.

Info: email peoriasupport@ or call 623-773-7770

Apply for the Youth Citizen Police Academy

Are you looking for a summer activity for your seventh- or eighth-grade student? If so, check out the Youth Citizen Police Academy. Attendees will learn about the daily roles and responsibilities of police officers. Some of the activities include alcohol/DUI goggles and carts, fingerprinting, a SWAT presentation, team building, crime reporting, K-9 presentation and much more. The youth academy is free, and successful participants will receive a T-shirt and a certificate upon completion. Academies will run four different weeks with each session lasting four days. Interested students must be entering seventh or eighth grade in fall 2023, and participants must reside within Peoria or attend a school within the Peoria city limits.